Costs and fees

Budget and cost of legal education

        Student Budget for 2017-2018 — University Maximum        
 
Indiana Resident
Non-Indiana Resident
Tuition (flat rate)* $32,750 $53,000
Mandatory fees $1,323 $1,323
Books and supplies $1,800 $1,800
Estimated direct costs $35,873 $56,123
Room and board, transportation, personal expenses $19,744 $19,744
Total estimated budget $55,617 $75,867

* Tuition for students who begin their studies in the fall of 2017 will be frozen at these rates.

Of course, determining how much you need to borrow is important. To that end, we have provided our recommended student budget below.

        Student Budget for 2017-2018 — Recommended        
  Indiana Resident Non-Indiana Resident
Tuition (flat rate)* $32,750 $53,000
Mandatory fees $1,323 $1,323
Books and supplies $1,800 $1,800
Estimated direct costs $35,873 $56,123
Room and board, transportation, personal expenses $10,800 $10,800
Total estimated budget $46,673 $66,923

*Tuition for students who begin their studies in the fall of 2017 will be frozen at these rates.

While the law school requires that new students have a laptop computer, that requirement does not mean that you must purchase a new machine as you prepare to begin class. If you do purchase a new computer for law school, that expense (up to $2,000) can be added to your budget by completing the Special Conditions Form and submitting it, along with documentation of the cost to the Director of Financial Aid at iulawfa@indiana.edu.

Living allowance

Your budget includes a living allowance (room/board, transportation, personal) for the nine months of the academic year, but you determine the amount that is needed.

Many students find that they can live comfortably on about $1,200 or less per month. That would mean that you would want to increase the direct costs by about $10,800 ($1,200 X 9 months) when determining your total costs for the first year of law school.

In considering your monthly expenses, you will want to review your prior educational experiences. In addition to your rent and food, analyze carefully what you spend on entertainment, clothes, dining out, and so on. Do not forget to include car payments, car and health insurance, anticipated car repairs, trips home, and any existing credit card debt.

In order to accommodate those students who have unusually high living expenses resulting from supporting a family or other unusual circumstances, we allow a maximum of up to $2,167 per month. That would mean that you could increase the direct costs by up to $19,502 ($2,167 X 9 months) when determining your total costs for the first year of law school.

Reminder: We will use a budget that includes the maximum living allowance of $19,502 (minus other resources) when determining your eligibility for federal financial aid programs, but your actual budget may be substantially less.

It is imperative that you plan on being able to live on approximately $2,167 or less per month, while enrolled.